Rumours: A short introduction to the rental market

Nothing gets you thinking about bringing in players quite like having Jake Muzzin, Zach Hyman, Joe Thornton, Jack Campbell, Freddie Andersen, and Wayne Simmonds out of the lineup. Last time I checked missing four key players and your top two goaltenders is a bad thing, and while it’s exciting to get a look at Mikko Lehtonen and Alexander Barabanov, it’s not as much fun as winning, and the Leafs might face some real challenges to win with this lineup, despite the four incredibly good players at the top of the roster.
So with that in mind, it’s time to consider some rental players. And given how early it is in the season, and the unfortunate nature of league parity, it’s pretty slim pickings at this point for who is selling and who might be available. Luke Fox of Sportsnet has compiled the list:
Buffalo: Taylor Hall, Eric Staal, Brandon Montour, Jake McCabe, Matt Irwin, Tobias Reider, Riley Sheahan, Carter Hutton, Linus Ullmark
Detroit: Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner, Marc Staal, Patrik Nemeth, Jon Merrill, Jonathan Bernier
Nashville: Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula, Pekka Rinne, Brad Richardson, Luca Sbisa
Ottawa: Derek Stepan, Ryan …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What will the Leafs reverse retro jersey look like?

There are few times the NHL gets something right. The early days of the Winter Classic, the bubble approach to the Return to Play this summer, and now we might be able to add fun jerseys to that list. The teases and leaks we’ve seen from other teams so far have been encouraging, but that leaves us with an important question, what will be done for the Leafs?
Based on the image above, we can assume two things.
It will be based on the 1970 jersey design.
It will be blue, with either white or grey accents.
The first is appealing because the Leafs haven’t done much with the Ballard era jersey design, likely because of its connection to the Ballard era. The second, at least for me is decidedly less appealing since it’s the same colour scheme we’ve had since the beginning of time. It might not exactly lend itself to a fun design.

Rather than focus too much on what it will probably look like, we’ve asked the writers of The Leafs Nation to tell us what they want the Leafs reverse retro jersey to look like. Remember to tell us who got it …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It’s time to let go of the 2019-20 Season

It’s not often one gets to say that Drew Doughty is right, but he’s probably right today.

From Drew Doughty: “I don’t see how this season is going to return.”
He also doesn’t think much of the idea of hockey being played in August. “I think it would be tough to do that. It would affect next season.”
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) April 13, 2020
While I appreciate any attempts people may be making at optimism for hockey coming back soon, Doughty is right. Presumably it’s going to take until June before life in anyway begins returning to normal, where shops and restaurants open, travel bans lifted, and at best sports are allowed to be played inside of empty arenas. So assuming that happens in June, and all players traveling back to their teams will still require a couple weeks of quarantine, well, maybe brief camps can open up by late June.
Assuming there is no attempt to playing regular season games, we’ll see July and August spent on the post season. We’ll be treated to a September condensed offseason, featuring the draft, free …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Bob McKenzie breaks down a potential Marner bridge deal

Is it still a bridge if it only gets one side where it wants to go?
Yes, Jon. Those are called one way bridges, and you take one to work every day and one home every night. That being said, those aren’t particularly efficient bridges and leave people on one side wanting a hell of a lot more.
Enter the proposed Marner bridge deal that was floated by Bob McKenzie after the Zach Werenski signing:

So to clean that up a little based on estimated average annual values and salaries…

$9 M
$9.5M
$10M
Year 1
7
7.5
8
Year 2
8
9
10
Year 3
12
12
12
So Bob basically summed up the fact that this essentially puts Marner into unrestricted free agency a year early, as the Leafs will either be at the point where they are going to either
A) Match and try to move Marner to an interested party before arbitration
B) Not match the contract and Marner goes to unrestricted free agency
C) Go with club elected arbitration that would allow them to negotiate lower, but risk alienating Marner in the process
D) Negotiate a contract with less leverage than they have now.
Pretty much all of these scenarios are where the Leafs are today or …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #24 and #25: Conley’s team finally comes together

After Lowry and Conley’s meeting, the latter gets to work putting together his team. In the finale of Vol. 1, you had to know Lowry would make his presence felt though. In the two-page Volume 1 finale, Conley assembles his team to make his move on Silverstern. He’s joined by their inside woman Taurasi, scout Beal, and the muscle, Adams and Aron Baynes. It’s all set: until Lowry drops in.
Catch up on Page 23 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram and Twitter)
Page 24
Page 25
Volume 2 of POINT MAN is………. coming soon.

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ